Inclusive Higher Education Opportunities Grant Program Details
Applications for the Inclusive Higher Education Opportunities (HB22-1107) Grant Program are currently closed. In January 2024, we will be opening a third grant application period to colleges and universities across the state that want to establish additional inclusive higher education programs. This grant cycle will focus specifically on offering programs in rural, Western Slope and Community College settings. Info sessions and further details coming soon.
See below for additional resources and information regarding the most recent funding awarded.
Round 1: RFPs for New Inclusive Higher Education Proposals
- RFP open: March 15, 2023 - May 1, 2023
- Award recipients notified: May 15, 2023
- Colorado State University (CSU) - CSU has been awarded $449,636 to fund the 5-year development of the Ram Scholars program. Award duration: June 2023-June 2028.
- Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) - MSU Denver has been awarded $55,000 to fund 6 months of the Inclusive Higher Education Solutions (IHES) program development. Award duration: June 2023 - December 2023. MSU Denver will be considered for further funding after this provisional period.
Round 2: RFPs for Existing Inclusive Higher Education Proposals
- RFP open: July 17, 2023 - September 1, 2023
- Award recipients notified: September 15, 2023
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Office of Inclusive Services (OIS) - OIS has been awarded $40,000 to fund 1 year of program expansion and diversification efforts. Award duration: November 2023 - October 2024.
- University of Northern Colorado, Go On And Learn program (GOAL) - GOAL has been awarded $40,000 to fund 1 year of program expansion and diversification efforts. Award duration: November 2023 - October 2024.
The purpose of the Inclusive Higher Education Grant Program is to allow for colleges across the state to apply for needed funding to develop, expand and solidify inclusive pathways that enable students with intellectual disabilities (ID) to have all the rights, responsibilities, privileges, benefits and outcomes that result from a higher education experience to the greatest extent possible, including academic growth, social development, career advancement, and increased independence.
Attention will be given to increasing diversity and accessibility within expansion efforts. Expansion of inclusive higher education pathways is defined as the creation of more spots for students with ID to attend an institution of higher education and/or increasing equity and access for students with ID wishing to pursue higher education within rural, low-income, and BIPOC communities.
This is a 5-year grant program, awarding $450,000 annually to the grant-administering entity to be allocated to institutions of higher education.
Please see the additional resources below for further details.
- Applicant Questions & Responses - updated weekly on Friday
- Eligibility Description
- Inclusive Program Model/Pillars
- Impact of Inclusive Higher Education
- House Bill 22-1107: Inclusive Higher Education Opportunities
IN!'s vision has always been to see students with ID be welcomed on college campuses as inclusive pathways become part of the fabric of all colleges and universities throughout Colorado. The passage of HB22-1107 last year has allowed IN! to take another step toward that vision.
IN!'s Inclusive Higher Education Opportunities Grant is now accepting applications from colleges and universities throughout CO.